Jan. 29, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Members of the Ohio State track and field teams competed at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Jan. 26-27.

Andrew Pierce (Sr., Yellow Springs, and Ohio/Yellow Springs) finished first in the 400-meter dash and captured a provisional qualifying time of 46.53. The men’s 4×400-relay team placed first with a time of 3:08.50 also earning a provisional qualifying finish. Donica Merriman (Sr., Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and Ian Connor ( Sr., Lexington, Ohio/Northmor Local) fell short of automatic finishes but did have the speed to capture provisional qualifying times. Merriman coasted to a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles and finished with a season best and provisional qualifying time of 8.24. Merriman also finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.13. Connor posted a fifth-place finish in the men’s 3,000-meter run and a provisional qualifying time of 8:07.23. Tami Smith (So.,.Galloway, Ohio/Westland) posted a fifth-place finish and a provisional qualifying mark of (5′-09. 75″) in the women’s high jump.

In field events the buckeyes captured five Top 5 finishes. Drew Carter captured second-place and a provisional finish (24′-11″) in the men’s long Jump. Nosa Ehimwenman (Homewood, Ill./Homewood Flossmor) posted a third-place finish in the men’s triple jump. (14.79m) Brad Hart (Fr., Centerburg,Ohio/Highland) finished fifth in the high jump with a mark of (6′-10. 75).

On the women’s squad, Katy Craig (Jr., Hilliard, and Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) placed fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 19.32 meters while teammate Erin Carter (So. Logan.Ohio/Logan) placed fifth in the shot put (14.59)

Next week the Buckeyes travel to New York, N.Y. for the Millrose Games Saturday, Feb 3.

Arkansas Invitational Jan, 26-27

Men’ High Jump 1. Michael Ponikvar 2.19m Stanford 2. Lavar Mil 2.19m Unattached 3. Alfred Neal 2.19m Barton Co CC 5. Brad Hart 2.10m OSU

Men’s Long Jump 1. Melvin Lister 7.63m HSI 2. Drew Carter 7.59m OSU 3. Rolle Jamial 7.53m Southwest Mo. 14.Nosa Ehimwenman 6.85m OSU

Women’s High Jump 1. Farah Jean Pierre 6′-0 Florida Int. 2. Hyleas Fountain 6’0 Barton Co. CC 3. Liz Toman 5′-09.75 Colo. State 5. Tami Smith 5-09.75 OSU* *NCAA Provisional qualifying mark 5-9.26m

Women’s Weight Throw 1. Florence Ezeh 20.73m SMU 2. Katy Craig 19.32m OSU 3. Marie Lejour 17.57m Arkansas 17. Erin Carter 13.72m OSU

Men’s 400-meter dash Unseeded 1. Ryan Smith 47.58 Southwestern Mo. 2. Bean Laboris 48.20 Oklahoma 3. Joaquin Bassolls 48.66 Florida Int. 16.Thomas Dickson 49.57 OSU

Women’s 60-meter hurdles 1. Donnica Merriman 8.24 OSU* 2. Kyla Shoemaker 8.32 Nike 3. Jackie Madison 8.32 S.Carolina 5. Dalanda Jackson 8.51 OSU * NCAA Provisional qualifying time 8.43

Women’s shot put 1. Melissa Gibbons 15.94m La. Tech 2. Bambi Carson 15.36m Oklahoma 3. Jillian Camarena 14.81m Stanford 5. Erin Carter 14.59m OSU

Men’s 400-meter dash seeded 1. Andrew Pierce 46.53 OSU* 2. Kevin Davis 47.05 Barton Co. 3. Gerlad Pressley 47.09 S.Carolina 8. Courtney Cornwall 48.00 OSU *NCAA automatic qualifying time 46.72

Men’s One-mile run 1. Bryan Berryhill 3:57.05 Colo. State 2. Charlie Gurber 4:00.79 Kansas 3. John Kemboi 4:01.22 Abilene Chr. 10.Rob Myers 4:07.82 OSU

Women’s 200-meter dash 1. Demetria Washington 23.75 S.Carolina 2. Allen Bailey 23.94 Barton Co. 3. Donica Merriman 24.13 OSU* * NCAA Provisional qualifying time 24.25

Men’s 3,000-meter run seeded 1. Clyde Colenso 7:55.58 Unattached 2. Junior Vasquez 8:01.94 Okla State. 3. Sharif Karie 8:02.32 Arkansas 5. Ian Connor 8:07.23 OSU* *NCAA provisional Qualifying time 8:12.00

Men’s triple jump 1. Carlos Eugene 15.24m la.Tech 2. Le Jaun Simon 14.87m Barton Co. 3. Nosa Ehimwenman 14.79m OSU

Men’s 4×400 meter relay 1. South Carolina 3:07.95 2. Ohio State 3:08.21* 3. Barton Co.CC 3:08.85 *NCAA Automatic qualifying time 3:08.50